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8 week thoracotomy update

happyHBmomhhappyHBmom Posts: 2,070
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hey guys, wanted to keep you posted on my progress. I am 8 weeks post thoracotomy/corpectomy.

Background: 3 years after a severe burst fracture destroyed my L2 vertebrae, I had a complex surgery to repair the damage- including full removal of the L2 vertebral body, insertion of a titanium expandable cage, and 360 degree fusion of L1-L3. The corpectomy and anterior fusion were done via thoracotomy. The posterior fusion was minimally invasive.

Anyway, 8 weeks later, I am having *very* little discomfort from the thoracotomy! I occasionally get a twinge when breathing very deep, but usually not. I still am completely numb across the left part of my abdomen, but no nerve pain so far. It does make it difficult to engage those muscles sometimes.

Of course, I still hurt other places, but the thoracotomy isn't an issue at all.

I will say that when I started PT about 3 weeks ago, my PT spent some time working on the scar to break up adhesions, and I am really convinced that made a big difference!


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